On Tuesday afternoon, there was a semi truck crash in Polk County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 1:00 p.m. on I-26 near Holbert Cove Road. Very little information has been released about this truck crash, but we do know that the truck driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and it overturned in the roadway. A portion of I-26 eastbound had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene. Additionally, the tractor-trailer was apparently loaded with chicken and bacon at the time of the crash.
A Western Carolina University professor who was injured while riding his bicycle is now urging drivers to put their phones down behind the wheel. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Jack Summers was in a bike lane on N.C. 107, about two miles from the university, when a car hit him. He will have to miss about three months of school due to back surgery and recovery from his injuries. He is also warning cyclists that they're not safe, even in bicycle lanes, especially while there are distracted drivers on the roads.
Last week, there was a fatal one-car crash in a Rutherfordton neighborhood. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Poors Ford Road on Tuesday evening. For currently unknown reasons, a vehicle left the roadway, overturned and crashed into a home. The SUV struck two people. James Hart and Marlene Daniel were neighbors who were in their yards at the time of the crash. Daniel was killed in the crash, and Hart was seriously injured.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with a variety of public safety and law enforcement agencies across the nation are raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving this month. The NHTSA's U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign will run from April 6-10, 2017. This campaign will be focused on the law enforcement efforts associated with keeping distracted drivers off of the roads. They will be running paid media campaigns from April 3-10, 2017. The target audience of this year's campaign is men and women ages 18 through 34 years old.
On Thursday morning, there was a distracted driving crash in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Old Leicester Highway. Very little information has been released, but we do know that an SUV flipped over beside the roadway, and a passenger's limb was pinned under the wreckage for more than a half hour. First responders rushed to the scene, where they found that the driver had run off of the road and struck a pole before the vehicle overturned.